Rossall Point wins top award

Rossall Point, which has won a RIBA Regional Award.

Rossall Point, which has won a RIBA Regional Award.

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Rossall Point Observation Tower has won a prestigious architectural award for its striking design.

The winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North West Regional Awards were announced at a ceremony last night – and Rossall Point is one of nine buildings to scoop the accolade.

The tower was designed by Liverpool-based Studio Three and was constructed to give the impression it was leaning into the wind as it rises from the sand dunes.

It was shortlisted for the award in March, after being open for just three weeks.

As well as the nine regional winners, projects in Manchester, Ellesmere Port andfBlackburn won four national RIBA awards.

RIBA President Angela Brady said: “The RIBA Awards set the standard for great architecture in the UK, so it is wonderful to see four national and nine regional award winners in the North West region.

“These are projects that represent architectural excellence on a national level, projects that go beyond the brief and exceed the client’s expectations.

“Investing in good design for our towns and communities is vital; even in hard times we must continue to create vibrant and inspiring buildings and places for future generations to use and enjoy.”

The Tower was constructed as part of Wyre Council’s £2.1m Sea Change regenera- tion programme.

It boasts facilities for school children, a top deck providing views along the Fylde coast and space for the National Coastwatch Institution to perform their rescue duties.

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